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companionate marriage

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companionate marriage (plural companionate marriages)

  1. A marriage in which the partners decide not to have children, and to reserve the right to divorce amicably with mutual consent
  2. (social history, anthropology) A conception of marriage where complicity, communication and support between spouses are considered important, rather than purely material questions of inheritance etc.